Good morning and welcome to the New Year’s Eve edition of Monday Morning Fika! Today, for your discussion pleasure, we have the lovely Starla Kaye! She has been writing spanking fiction since the very beginning. I think her first story involved a brontosaurus getting spanked…
Starla asked me what to chat about today, and my (initial, uncensored) reaction was: “Geez, ANYTHING!” 🙂 What a long career of writing, what a vast array of books, and what a truly kind person behind it all! Please welcome Starla today.
I honestly wasn’t sure what to write for this conversational piece and floundered around in my thoughts. There already have been some great posts, each of which I wish I’d written myself. I found myself constantly nodding or saying “yes, I totally agree.” And I ended up wondering what I could possibly say that would interest anyone. But dear Ana is very encouraging, so bear with me.
Ana commented that she thought I’d been writing for a pretty long time. True. It always seems that if you mention to someone that you’re a writer, they respond with “I’ve been thinking about writing a book, too. One of these days…” Well, I went that extra step about twenty-five years ago and actually wrote my first book. It was so exciting to finish it! But it stunk, like most authors’ first books. Still, I had set a goal, struggled to meet it, and did. Then what?
I’m one of those research and analyze people, figure how something should really be done, find out what I can do with whatever it is that I’ve completed. Back then I really knew nothing about the real ‘how-tos’ of writing. I loved to read and thought that was enough. Silly me. Since then I’ve skimmed through a lot of ‘how-to write’ books, attended tons of writers’ conferences and workshops, and most importantly I joined (and still belong to) three writers’ groups (two local groups and Romance Writers of America).
Back to my first thoughts about analyzing the world of writing… I seriously studied the markets, the best selling genres, and where I might want to submit my work. I thought I wanted to write mysteries, but at that time the market was extremely tight. And I really didn’t have a clue to how to write a mystery. Romance seemed to me to be the biggest market and there were so many different sub-genres. Since I have always loved HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) I decided this was the way I wanted to go. I had never read even one romance book, but I started devouring them.
Bored yet? Sorry, I just wanted to give you some background on my early thinking as a newbie writer. I’ll skip over the next dozen years where I honed my skills and did some small time writing for different online sites and a couple of magazines. In my scouring the various romances, I discovered the old historical ones that had discipline elements, too. What a discovery! I could write a romance with a HEA and write about an interest that excited me.
Since that time I have published 19 novels, 31 novellas, 14 short stories, and 7 anthologies mainly under the pen name of Starla Kaye. I also write as S. K. Fero and Skylar Faye. Almost all of these works involve discipline elements, mainly spanking, and they are in many different sub-genres of romance. I admit that most my stories are M/F because that is what I am most familiar with. But I have done several M/M and M/F/M books, and one F/M story. All but a few of my stories have involved DD. One of these days I would like to try writing F/F, too. I love trying new things, testing myself as a writer.
The key thing to all of my stories, no matter what genders are involved, is that the two (sometimes three people) care about each other. There is, of course, occasional friction between them, just as in real life. Even two people in love don’t agree all of the time on everything. And my characters are equals, but one of them agrees (internally and externally) to be more subservient to the other. There are many spanking stories that don’t involve choices, where one character is sternly and unquestionably demanding. I have no problem reading these, but they aren’t what I prefer to write. Although my pirate story, Hawke’s Lady, came close to that, at least in the beginning.
I write different levels of DD and D/s, but I have the most fun writing spanking scenes that are more foreplay. Some of my stories contain both types, punishment spankings and the more sensual kind. A lot of people involved in real life spanking and readers of spanking stories don’t think the two kinds mix. I’m not one of those.
Ana asked what I hope readers take away from my stories. Enjoyment. I write because I love to and I mainly write in a particular niche that excites me. I feel so blessed to have created so many different characters who share their lives, their hopes, their disappointments, and their eventual happiness with me. They become my friends as I write their stories. Sadly, because I have written so many stories, I lose track of some of those “old friends.” My hope is that my readers discover special characters (possibly “friends”) in some of my books and maybe even a few of those characters will stick with them and come back in their memories at some point. Every once in a while I hear from a reader who so enjoys a particular book that they read it over and over again. What better compliment can a writer hear?
My latest book from Blushing Books was a Christmas novella, Oh So Nice…and Naughty.
Buy Link: Blushing Books
Buy Link: Amazon
About Starla Kaye
Starla Kaye is all about living, laughing, and loving. She travels every chance she gets to experience different places (potential settings) and observe people, and just because. She doesn’t take life overly seriously and loves being with family and friends and laughing as much as possible. And she is in love with “love.”
She writes romance and she generally includes spanking and DD elements in her stories. She writes about two people who struggle with reaching their HEA, who butt heads, and often one of them gets a hand applied to their butt. Her books are published with Blushing Books, Black Velvet Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Red Rose Publishing. You can read more about her and her books on her website: www.starlakaye.com. Her Amazon Author Page is http://www.amazon.com/Starla-Kaye/e/B002ZH8K3U .